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The 2010 Street Food Festival (Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist)
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Looking for some foodie fun in the next few weeks? Two excellent events will be taking place, so you're in luck.

First on deck is Bon Appetit's Grub Crawl, which will be making its first ever stop in Los Angeles. There will be three different events this weekend, starting tomorrow night.

Friday, July 13 , Downtown (6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.)

Cole's: They'll be doing French dips and bath tub gin, served straight from an ice sculpture bath tub
Umamicatessen: Enjoy chef Chris Cosentino's savory snacks from P!GG, sandwiches from The Cure, tres leches donut holes, and cocktails including the Velvet Mule and the Bourbon Pig.
Las Perlas: Munch on fresh tamales while Bon Appetit treats you to unique variations of the margarita featuring fresh fruits and herbs
Seven Grand: Guests will listen to live music and relax on the private balcony as they watch top mixologists demo how to make the classic Old Fashioned cocktail.

Saturday, July 14, Hollywood and WeHo (4:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. food, 9:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. concert)

Mozza Scuola Di Pizza: Learn how to make Mozza's famous pizza -- while eating it of course.
Pour Vous: Sit in the recessed banquets in the center of this Parisian cocktail lounge conceived by the Houston Brothers and enjoy oysters and Champagne.
Street: Susan Feniger will be hosting nibbles from her soon-to-be-released cookbook.
The Spare Room: Visit this modern-day gaming parlour and cocktail lounge on the mezzanine of the Roosevelt Hotel for gaming, bowling, and cocktails
Night + Market: Experience Northern Thai BBQ with chef Kris Yenbamroong in NIGHT + MARKET's herb garden and back porch while you sip on Mekong Old Fashioneds and Chang Beer Towers.
The Roxy: To cap off the night, BA will be hosting a concert by Vacationer.

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Sunday, July 15, Culver City, Venice, and Abbot Kinney (11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)

Father's Office: Check out the pork-ified version of Sang Yoon's famous Father's Office burger.
Sotto: Chefs Zach and Steve deliver an honest, market-driven menu of regionally-inspired Southern Italian dishes and amaro cocktails.
Picca: This popular Peruvian spot only serves dinner but is opening its doors exclusively for BA. Enjoy a special selection of chef Ricardo Zarate's favorites.
Lukshon: Sang Yoon leads a tasting of rice, including an assortment of fried rice dishes and rice cocktails.

Tickets are from $80-$100 depending on the day, and can be purchased here.

Next Saturday, July 21, the LA Street Food Fest will be going down. They just announced their 100-vendor strong line-up today, which is mind-bogglingly deep. It might help if you have a second stomach for a festival like this one.

There will be a variety of gourmet trucks, loncheros, carts, brick-and-mortar restaurants, Baja chefs like Mission 19's Javier Plascencia, and even an ice cream social. As for beverages, the Fest will host various watering holes, including tequila tastings, wine, beer, coffee by Single Origin, and even water. (It's hard to believe that some event organizers would forget such things, but there are some that have left people without H2O.)

Here's a list of vendors, and what they'll bring:

Gourmet trucks

Border Grill: Mini Green Corn Tamal Cone
Cambalaches Gourmet: Menu TBA
El Pan-Americano: Pernil Sandwich
Fox Pizza Bus: Farmers Market Salad + Wood Burning Pork Crostini
Frysmith: Menu TBA
Fuji Foods (Debuts at the Fest!): Rice 'n Roll Onigiri
Gravy Train Poutinerie: Traditional Poutine + Deep Fried Cheese Curds
Hansik Truck: LA Galbi
Kogi BBQ: Black Jack Quesadilla, Sweet Chili Chicken Quesadilla
La Dolce Vita: Gourmet PB&J
Nonna's Kitchenette (As seen on Food Network's Great Truck Race): Maple Glazed French Toast Crostini
The Grilled Cheese Truck: Cheesy Mac & Rib
The Mighty Boba Truck: Buttermilk Popcorn Chicken + Boba Milk Tea
The Peking Duck Truck: Peking Duck Sliders
Vintage Kitchen: Patatas Bravas
Waffles de Liege: Original Liege Waffle
Wake N Bake Wagon: Pulled Pork Slider
WTF Pizza: Five Cheese Pizza
Yalla Truck: Pita Sandwiches

Local loncheros

Antojitos mi Abuelita: Green Mole + Black Mole
Mariscos Jalisco: Tacos Dorado de Camaron
Mariscos Los Lechugas: Menu TBA

Street carts and stands

Antojitos Carmen: Menu TBA
Antojitos Sofy | Sponsored by Street Gourmet LA (As seen on Bizarre Foods): Corundas (Mexican mini tamales)
bling bling dumpling: Cheeseburger Dumplings + Ginger Pork Dumplings
Jaliscos Mobile Taco Grill: Tacos de Asada + Al Pastor + Pollo
Mexicali Taco & Co.: Cachetada (The classic tostada reinvented)
Sabor da Bahia: Moqueca Taste (Brazilian fish stew with rice)
Seoul Sausage Company (As seen on Food Network's Great Truck Race): Flaming Fried Balls
World Empanadas: Cricket, Bacon and Potato Empanada (VIP Hour+) + Chicken Empanadas

Brick and mortar restaurants

Ayara Thai: Spicy Grilled Thai Clams with Lime Sauce
Dog Haus: Sliders + Scott Baioli Dog
Fat Spoon: Seasonal Vegetable Curry
HAUS: Spicy Chicken Dukboki + "Papa Chokbal" (Marinated trotter with green onions and fermented bean paste)
Haven Gastropub: Cola-glazed Berkshire Pork + Pig Ears
Isla Cocina Pilipina: Menu TBA
Kings Row Gastropub: Curried Al Pastor Pork Belly with Fresh Naan
La Flor de Yucatan: Cochinita Pibil Tacos
La Monarca Bakery: Guava & Cheese Puff Pastry Taquitos + Poblano Chicken Mole
Lazy Ox Canteen | Chef Perfecto Rocher: Paella
Moo Dae Po II: LA Galbi
Playa | Chef John Sedlar: Cielo Verde Cornet
Short Order | Chef Christian Page: Pretzel Pups
Simpang Asia: Nasi Bungkus (Indonesian curry combination rice wrap)
Starry Kitchen: Menu TBA
Sushi Roku: Menu TBA
Tiara Café: Slow Smoked Balls of Lust (Ham brined pork belly encased in roasted poblano)
The Park's Finest: Menu TBA
Yxta Cocina Mexicana and Mercado: Shrimp Taquitos + Rajas Tamales

Ice creameries

Beachy Cream: Ice Cream Sandwiches
CoolHaus: Menu TBA
Dragons Whisker Candy: Chinese Honey Candy
Ice Ice Shavie: Menu TBA
IOTA: Pat Bing Soo + Fruit Chips + Ice Coffee + Milk Tea
Longboards Ice Cream: The Big O + The Barfight
Market on Holly: Wonder Bar + Brown Butter Rice Crispy Treats
Mother Moo Creamery: Salty Chocolate + Cinnamon Ice Cream
Secret Squirrel Cold Brew: Menu TBA
Sinners & Saints Desserts: Salted Caramel + Honey Granache Tart
Short Cake: Brunettes + Snickerdoodles + Nancy's Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie
Sweet Lucie's: Organic Strawberry Mint Lemonade + Cookies & Cream Ice Cream
Sweet Wheels: Beignets + GF Churros with Caramel Dipping Sauce
The Churro Borough of Los Angeles: Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Tickets are $45 for GA and $65 for VIP, and can be purchased here.

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